The Weekly RoundUp: The Silly Social Media Edition

Well its been a quiet week on the Sofa – mostly because we’ve not had a chance to sit on it much.But we’ve still been watching…Here’s some of the best blogs / websites we’ve found this week:

The Weekly RoundUp: The Vegetable Market Edition

Its Saturday.

Here’s some weekend reading to ease you into the weekend:

  • David Kerrigan looks at the whole idea of having a calling to do something, and what does Gods plan look like anyway?
  • Remember the BigBible? There are some exciting changes coming
  • The 21CN Christian ponders if we are too nice
  • In case you missed it at the beginning of the week, the Guardian Newspaper presents an amazing video showing looking at faith, church, and the ‘Big Society’ in action…
  • Do you run a youthclub? Work with young people? Work with people? How do you remember peoples names? Dave Walker has some suggestions…
  • Ever wondered how close a vegetable market can get to a train track?
  • And finally… It looks like the guys at Westboro Baptist are planning to picket Mars Hill, the church where Mark Driscoll is based at. Now I have to admit, I’m not a fan of old Marky boy (heres one example), but I love his blog post about the planned picketing. He some how manages to balance being cheeky with being informative, and welcoming.  Nice one. Now can I get a donut?

The Church Zoo

To celebrate it being Thursday we thought we’d take a moment to introduce to some of the animals we’ve spotted watching, running around, or just loitering around the Church:

  1. Mr CatOLick – He likes to show his face in a  number of videos. Seems to like explaining the C of E to people. Shame he’s a cat really…
  2. Shouting for the Dogs. We have the newcomer to the Twitterworld – @_Dogma_
  3. Cant forget the ChurchMouse! But we do have a number of sources that suggest he could be a hamster… or a gerbil… or something…
  4. Church Ferret seems to linger on Facebook
  5. Last but not least – Mandy!

Anyone we forgot?

Church Sofa Reflection #3: When I nearly died










Ok so I probably didn’t nearly die, but I got your attention right?

Anyway last week I went for a holiday with some friends in the Lake District in the North of England. We spent the week climbing mountains and swimming in the lakes and enjoying open fires and great company. One day we decided to climb Scaffell Pike, the highest mountain in England. The way up was tough, it’s a long way up and the route we took included near enough vertical climbs and several times when we thought we could see the top only to get there and see we still had several hundred vertical metres to cover.

Anyway eventually we got to the top as you can see in the picture at the top. The mountain was covered in mist and it looked pretty crazy but I was enjoying being at the top, that meant we didn’t have to go up any further and was one of the few places in the lake district you can get a phone signal.

Well us being us we decided that it would be best to take an ‘interesting’ route down which meant not the obvious, easy, tourist path. We took our bearing and started following it and eventually found the path we thought we were meant to be on. We pressed on for a couple of hours going down scree slopes, passing mountain rescue points and eventually coming down towards a valley. For anyone who doesn’t know, a scree slope is generally a steep slope covered in large amount of small stones, often made entirely of that, which fall away without much encouragement. By this point I’d given up climbing down the scree and was going down the nice steep wet grass at which point I slipped, slid down several metres and dislocated my shoulder. It wasn’t long after this that a few of us started expressing doubts about if we were on the right path as the direction we were headed wasn’t quite where we were expecting to be according to the route marked on the map. We pressed on anyway assuming we were on the right path and just either not as far along or further along than we thought, this seemed like a good approach until the patch seemed to come to an end and we were presented with a near vertical drop to the bottom of the mountain covering probably about 30 or 40 feet. It was at this point we knew for certain we weren’t on the right path.

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Victoria Cares. Do you?

Now heres something worthwhile:

Victoria Cares, a project from Spurgeons and Share Creative – the minds behind EasterLive, tells the story of a 12 year old girl who cares for her mum, while her Dad works to put food on the table.

It looks like the project is there to increase awareness of the many young carers in this country, and by using Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, helps to give people some insight into their lives.

As a taster here’s Victoria’s first video diary of the week:


The story can either be followed via both Twitter and Facebook – details for which are at the Victoria Cares Website.

Weekly Roundup – The Religion Reboot Edition

Its the weekend!!!
Its the weekly round up!!!